The Travel Scientists are proud to present a ten day desert adventure in Morocco that will see you explore the Atlas mountains, scale windswept Saharan dunes and look upon the timeless landscape of the desert.
Either in locally sourced vehicles, or one of your own, this superb ‘minimal assistance’ event through the south of this fascinating country harks back to the old days of the Paris-Dakar Rally challenge including your team spending two nights bivouacking next to your vehicle under the endless stars of a desert sky.
Running from October 13th to 22nd 2017 this is another amazing rally challenge from the Travel Scientists and in aiming to bring you an off-beat desert adventure Morocco was the obvious choice. Its stunning selection of historical monuments, coupled with its glorious culinary culture and some of the most famously hospitable people on the planet, all make it the perfect place to explore erratically.
From the Atlantic ocean to the sea of sand that is the Sahara, this desert adventure in Morocco will take you on an epic odyssey featuring everything from canyons to camels, souks to sand dunes, beaches to Berbers and with our diverse crowd you’re bound to make friends as well as memories as you work together to complete the Grand Moroccan Escapade.
Focusing on off the beaten track, natural and historical interests, culinary experience, exciting desert driving.
- Drive through the Atlas Mountains
- Explore gorges and canyons
- Enjoy the amazing Moorish and Berber architecture
- Climb the sand dunes of East Morocco
- Rediscover old Paris-Dakar routes through the Sahara
- Sleep under the stars of a clear desert night
- Indulge in the flavors and scents of Morocco
- Wander through the narrow lanes mysterious Marrakech
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As long as we are still working on the details of the day to day itinerary, we won’t hold back the trip highlights we’ve picked for you!
- To get in the right mood, where else could we start than in Marrakesh! Let the call of the muezzin guide your way while you wander through the oriental markets, get lost in the labyrinth of the old town between snake charmers and the smell of exotic food and marvel at the magic and opulent architecture of ancient palaces.
- Leaving Marrakesh behind, we drive up the hair raising, winding roads crossing the imposing Atlas Mountains. People are said to have drawn up their last will on these roads, but the landscape and the views are totally worth the adrenaline rush.
- Our next checkpoint Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified village along a former caravan route, might feel like home. You willt not remember it, but you’ve been heree countless times already: gentlemen were cheering for the Gladiator, ladies were enchanted by Dustan, the Prince of Persia, and everybody was following the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Used as a set for countless films, this desert oasis hasn’t lost any of its ancient charm and will make you feel like you’ve just found a shortcut to long gone times.
- Ouarzazate, another charmer on our way to the dunes of the Sahara, is appropriately named “The door of the desert”. Overall a bit more modern than Ait Benhaddou, it also boasts with a beautiful old kashbar. With great eating and shopping possibilities this is the place to relax and recharge before leaving civilization for quite a while.
- Passing through the Dades Valley and the Gorges du Todra, both unique formations carved into the rock by rivers over the millennia, we’ll finally hit the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, which rise up to 150 m high. We’ll stay two nights in this beautiful spot, which allows some rest for the tired ones and some more adventures on quad bikes or alternatively camels for the brave ones.
- A night in the desert can be chilly, but on the next day we’ll quickly warm up with some more off-road-action on our way Mahmid, the “End of the road” (of the route national N°9), an ancient caravan stop and today a small oasis town.
- On our way further in direction south-west, we’ll pass by Tata, another pretty oasis, which we can never get enough of.
- After a last off-road section, and before we close the circle in Marrakesh, we’ll have some time to wash off the dust of the last days and jump into the water on the beach of Agadir and enjoy the nightlife of one of Morocco’s most modern cities.